Building on the success of the Microsoft Dream Space Showcase schools event held at Microsoft Ireland’s Leopardstown campus in Dublin last June, Meath County Council, in collaboration with Microsoft Dream Space and OurKidsCode, is inviting schools in County Meath to participate in an exciting National Schools Programme for the 2023-2024 academic year, with the prospect of showcasing their school’s innovation and coding skills at the 2024 showcase event next June.
To launch the programme in Meath an information session is being held between 3.30pm and 5.00pm on Monday, September 11th in Bective GFC (C15 TC59), one of the County’s Broadband Connection Points.
Microsoft Dream Space introduces STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in a creative, fun and collaborative way. It is delivered free online, and the only requirements are access to a laptop or tablet and an internet connection. This Microsoft Dream Space programme includes 10 lessons that are designed to empower teachers and students through immersive and inclusive STEM education experiences through various curriculum subjects like geography, P.E., visual arts, and more.
Microsoft Dream Space will also provide online tutorials to Meath’s primary school teachers to help them harness the power of the micro:bit, a pocket-sized computer, to foster computational thinking, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking within the classroom.
The schools programme follows the national pilot in Longford and Tipperary which has seen over 13 schools and seven OurKidsCode Clubs participate and showcase their projects to a selection of judges during the event back in June.
Attendees will also hear about the OurKidsCode programme which is establishing coding clubs across Meath in the Broadband Connection Points and Meath County Libraries. These out of school clubs will provide a great opportunity for young people to develop their ideas and skills further with fun and interactive challenges.
Source: Meath County Council